Asheville and Music

To experience yet another form of passionate expression where the area reigns supreme, take note of the sounds around you.

In 2008, The Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club was named one of the top five rock venues in the nation – yes, the nation – by none other than Rollinq Stone magazine.

The reunited Smashing Pumpkins played a remarkable nine-show run at the landmark club, choosing Asheville and San Francisco as stops on their two-city U.S. tour.

Catch a live performance at the many intimate clubs, bars and brewpubs, representing genres from jazz to Appalachian mountain music.

Voodoo Experience

The Voodoo Experi­ence alternative music festival returns to New Orleans for the three­day Halloween week­end with a diverse lineup that includes Eminem, Kiss, Jane’s Addiction and Wide­spread Panic.

The event runs Oct. 30-Nov. l at City Park. Also on the schedule of 150 acts are Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School Of Medicine, ‘Lenny Kravitz, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic.

This will be rapper Eminem’s first full performance in more four years, and it is his only scheduled concert for 2009.  HISS is slated to perform Halloween night, while Kravitz will close the festival on Nov. l.

Besides alternative punk and rock groups, Voodoo offers a host of Louisiana favorites, including Walter “Wolf­man” Washington and Trombone Shorty.

The festival is set among City Park’s lush lagoons and oak trees and celebrates music, as well as New Orleans food, arts and culture.